As Founder of Onward Group Mr. Harish Mehta has led, grown and mentored two generations of this technology company. He was the Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Onward Novell Software (I) Ltd. (1993-2005), a 50:50 JV between Onward Group and Novell, Inc. (2nd largest personal software company globally then). Onward Technologies took off in 2005 where he served as MD & Chairman from inception to 2015. He has since been the Executive Chairman of the company as Jigar Mehta took over as the MD of Onward technologies from 2015. Previously, Mr. Harish Mehta was one of the chief architects of the Hinditron–Digital (DEC) JV in India in 1987.
Mr. Mehta was the driving force behind galvanising the IT industry in India by co-founding NASSCOM, the IT industry association of India. NASSCOM started from his office and was formally established in 1988. He is a founder member, the first elected Chairman and now the Convenor of Chairman’s Council of NASSCOM. He is the author of the bestselling book, The Maverick Effect. Written as a part biography, the book recounts the early struggles that he and others faced in bringing NASSCOM to life. The Maverick Effect is the extraordinary story of this band of dreamers who joined hands to transform a nation while also changing the lens through which the world looked at India. He was honoured by the PM Mr. Narendra Modi, for 25 years of exemplary contribution to Indian IT.
Mr. Mehta Introduced the Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), a Silicon Valley based Organisation, to Mumbai, and he was the First President of TiE – Mumbai (1999). He also served on the TiE Global Board from 2001-2002. He continues to be an active mentor for TiE Mumbai as convenor of its President Council. He is a director of Indian Angel Network (IAN), the world's largest and most active angel investors group. He is a former Expert Advisor at Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) for its Fund of Funds Operations. He is also a former Director of Gujarat Venture Funds Limited and a founding member of Infinity Venture Fund, India’s first corporate VC fund.
He was director at The College of Engineering, Pune. (2010-2015). He was awarded ‘CEO of the Year’ in 1994 by NMIMS, Tata HRD Network and World HRD Congress. He was honoured with a Life Time Achievement Award for HR Excellence by Deccan Herald in 2004. He was also honoured with a Life Time Achievement Award by IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2018.
He is also an active volunteer of Onward Foundation & Dewang Mehta Foundation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from College of Engineering, Pune and a Masters in Computer Science from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, NY.
Jigar H. Mehta
Jigar Mehta has been with Onward Technologies for 18+ years and led various organisations within the company including Sales, Business Strategy, Finance and HR before taking over the position of Managing Director in 2016. Over his career with the company, he has been instrumental in transforming a traditional domestic family business of 300 employees to a 1800+ strong team today with 50%+ of revenues coming from international markets in North America and Europe. Together with his father they have invested in and built a global management team and steered the business from a System Integrator (SI) in India to an international Digital Engineering Services company.
Today he lends direction and leads OTL strategy in the 3 primary markets of North America, Europe & India. He serves on the Board of Directors of Onward Technologies Ltd (OTL) & its wholly-owned subsidiaries - Onward Technologies Inc (OTI) & Onward Technologies GmBH (OTG).He is an active member of EO Mumbai chapter, a global entrepreneurs' organization & is deeply engaged in CSR initiatives of the organisation with a primary focus on improving education infrastructure at school and college level. He joined OTL in 2001 after his graduation in Business Administration from Boston University, MA (USA) and is an alumnus of Don Bosco School and St. Xaviers College (Mumbai).
Mr. Parish Meghani is actively involved in three areas; an auto-ancillary manufacturing business, a real estate business and equity investments. He has prior experience of running an IT firm that specialized in data security products. He has done his Production Engineering from Mumbai & holds an MBA with a Finance concentration from Bentley College, MA (USA).
Mr. Rahul Rathi is currently the Chairman and Fund Manager at CapMetrics Investment Advisors (Purnartha) Private Limited. Purnartha is a SEBI registered advisory firm with 1500+ clients. Purnartha advises clients based on a proprietary framework that Rahul has built using thirty plus years of data. Rahul is an active contributor in society and is a trustee of Pune Blind Mens Association as well as Laxminarayan Devasthan Trust. He has a Master’s degree in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University (USA) and a Polymer Engineering degree from the University of Pune.
Prachi Mehta joined Onward Technologies as a Non-Executive Board Member in 2015. She is part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee & Shareholders Committee, playing a crucial role in driving Corporate Governance, Diversity and Inclusion. She is a proud mother, travel buff and a sports enthusiast. In addition to being the founder of “The Next Level”, an organization that promotes Chess at school & state levels in Maharashtra, she is also associated with the Indian Angel Network (IAN), an angel network that invests in Indian start-up’s.
Prachi has a Master’s degree in Advertising & Marketing from the Leeds Business School in the UK prior to which she graduated from Poddar college in Mumbai.
S. K. Mitra
In the year 1977, Mr. S. K. Mitra started his career with Bank of India and played a vital role in setting up the Merchant Banking Division of the Bank. During the period from 1978-1984, he worked for Standard Chartered Bank in investment banking and was an advisor for several domestic and international business houses for new projects and acquisitions.
Later in year 1985, Mr. Mitra joined American Express Bank and was the head of Corporate Banking and Investment Banking in India. He also worked for GIC Mutual Fund, Aditya Birla Group. He joined Aditya Birla Group in 1994 as Director, Financial Services and set up a wide range of successful ventures.
Served as an Independent Director on the Boards and committees of several reputed organization. Currently, India correspondent for Asia Asset Management, Hong kong. Continues to be an Advisor to a large International bank. Has been an advisor to a few PE Firms and Start Up firms. Have also been a Nominee Director on the Board of the Companies on behalf of PE firms. Continues to be associated with several International and domestic NGOs and business chambers in India. He is a founding Governing Council Member of the newly registered Association of Corporate Independent Directors (ACIND).
Mr. Jay Sonawala, Executive Vice President – HDFC Bank, has been with HDFC since 1999, working across various verticals and industries such as textiles, cement, automobiles, and IT/ITES. His 21-year career also includes 9 years of Financial Institutions coverage. He has extensive experience in IT/ITeS and BFSI sectors.
Mr. Harsha Raghavan holds a Master of Business Administration degree and Master of Science degree in Industrial engineering both from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley, where he double majored in computer science and economics.
Mr. Harsha Raghavan is the Managing Partner of Convergent Finance LLP. He was previously the founding MD & CEO of Fairbridge Capital Private Limited (a Fairfax Company) from its inception in 2011, where he led all investment advisory activities in India. During his time, he sourced and advised on over $2.1 billion worth of investment activity. Previously, he served as Head of India for Candover Investments, Co-Head of India for Goldman Sachs Principal Investment Area and Vice President of Indocean Chase Capital. In these roles, he advised on more than two dozen transactions totalling over $1.5 billion in value.
He has been appointed on the Board of Onward Technologies as Non-Executive Non-Independent Director w.e.f. June 30, 2021.
Executive Vice President
Mr. Vignesh Kumar has over 24 years of experience in selling Software Solutions to manufacturing companies in private as well as public sector organizations across India. He has been in the Senior Management role for the last ten years and leads the sales teams for both direct and indirect sales.
Sr. Vice President - Technology & Digital Services
Mr. Satish Ramanan is a highly enterprising and result-oriented Management Consultant, Business Intelligence, and Customer Relationship expert with over 25 years of experience. His experience also includes 15 years of strategy development, design, implementation, and delivery of best-of-breed Business and Technology solutions.
Sr. Vice President - Operations
Mr. Pratish Mehta comes from engineering, software development, and management background. He currently heads the US operations for Onward along with planning, directing, and coordinating the operational, financial, sale, and general compliance for the organization.
CA Devanand Ramandasani
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Devanand Ramandasani has more than a decade of experience in the field of finance management. Currently, he manages the entire finance gamut of Onward including AR, TAX, and Regulatory compliance.
Sr. VP & Global Head - Human Resource
Ms. Sujata Singh has two decades of experience in HR leadership roles. Her experience includes management of overall HR functions, strategizing HR operations, global employee management for an organization among others.